Goodbye Bafana (2007)

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Goodbye Bafana: Directed by Bille August. With Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster. Goodbye Bafana is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner’s name was Nelson Mandela.

“Nelson Mandela – this movie is about him, and that is the only factor that made to select this movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBut the story is not about Nelson Mandela (Dennis Haysbert) but about his prison guard James Gregory (Joseph Fiennes) who first serves as a prison guard (in 1968) for Mandela because he knows the African language Xhosa that Mandela and his comrades speak. He is transferred because he shows a soft corner for Mandela but due to international pressure is re-appointed in 1983 till the release of Mandela from prison.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhile seeing the movie one feels that what a great honor to have – serving contemporary historyu0026#39;s most respected leaders as prison guard. Joseph Fiennes shows his range as an actor filling all ranges of age profile – being young and energetic to middle aged character. Dennis Haysbert portrays the role of his life time with gut, gutsy and tremendous respect and dignity – in being Nelson Mandela – an honor for an actor.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe movie as rightly said by some critics is a history lesson of sorts. But please do not be mistaken by this comment. When I read that comment, I had two thoughts – whether I should go and see a history lesson? YES everyone who has a golden heart should see this movie. Every person who is by default has white skin should see this movie. It is simple, honest, and displays hidden prejudices of apartheid world that are prevalent even today in forms of class.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAs Mahatma Gandhi was called terrorist, so was Nelson Mandela was labeled a terrorist. He used arms struggle for making his point. He wanted the ruling British to talk with nationalist fighters – for peace. But British and their allied countries never agreed for a one-to-one dialogue and the mayhem of anarchy, atrocity and violence continued for more than half a century in peaceful and beautiful South African country. The local inhabitants were brutally killed by invaders who occupied most part of resources land claiming it to be their own mother land.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eMy salute to Denmark Director Bille August who shows the apathy of human mind with everyday talks against terrorist – the same we talk today.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI was fortunate to be part of the audience seeing this movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e(Stars 7.5 out of 10)”


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